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AIM alumni leaders gather for big powwow Nov. 22

/ 10:42 PM November 20, 2011

MANILA, Philippines—Distinguished alumni of the Asian Institute of Management leave their corporate enclaves on Tuesday, November 22, to organize themselves as a major consultative body for AIM affairs.

Smart Communications CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno, chairman of the AIM board of trustees, said the Council of AIM Alumni Leaders will be formally launched during the assembly.

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It will function as a major consultative body for the institute and engage the batches in accurate information dissemination and active involvement in the programs being pursued by the school, he said.

Nazareno, an outstanding AIM alumnus, was appointed chairman of AIM in February 2011. He is a member of MBM Class ’73.

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“Now is the time to really step up and be a part of AIM’s next phase of evolution. The alumni should be the driving force because they are the major stakeholders of the school,” he said. The breakfast affair sponsored by the Alumni Association of AIM (AAAIM) Philippine Chapter will be held at the SGV Hall on the third floor of the AIM Conference Center in Makati City.

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) is a pioneer in international management education in Asia. It is committed to making a difference in promoting the sustainable development of Asian societies by developing professional, entrepreneurial, and socially responsible leaders and managers.

AIM was established in 1968 in partnership with Harvard Business School, the Ford Foundation, and visionaries of the Asian academic and business communities. Today, AIM is one of the leading graduate schools of management in the region.

AIM trains business, government, and civil society leaders to manage the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly integrating Asian region.

Armed with a clear understanding of how to do business in Asia, AIM’s more than 38,000 graduates in 70-plus countries have made their way to the top of the world’s leading companies and organizations.

AIM is the first school in Southeast Asia to achieve accreditation from the US-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International based on the highest standards developed by deans, faculty, and other thought leaders.

The Alumni Association of AIM Inc. (Philippine chapter) was established in 1981 to promote the educational objectives of the Asian Institute of Management, serve as a vehicle for the continuing management education of its members, contribute to the economic development of Asia, and foster camaraderie among its members, among others.

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As it approaches its 30th year, the AAAIM has been invigorated as the alumni have now become more engaged stakeholders of the school. AAAIM, through the Alumni Relations Office of AIM, supports significant AIM initiatives such as enrollment and placement support, AIM brand building, AIM events, and the Alumni Fundraising campaign for scholarships, infrastructure, research and development, and faculty development.

No. 1 among Asian business schools

Eustacio Orobia Jr., AAAIM chairman, cited the Aspen Institute’s 2011-2012 edition of Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a ranking survey of business schools, which ranked the AIM MBA program No. 1 among Asian business schools. This is based on their findings that AIM has demonstrated significant leadership in equipping future business leaders with the vision and knowledge necessary to integrate corporate profitability with social value. AIM has also maintained its business accreditation by the AACSB International and is the only AACSB-accredited b-school in the Philippines.

AIM alumni all over the world are recognized as distinguished leaders and renowned professionals. AIM’s legacy of proven leadership is evident in the sizeable number of alumni who, through the years, have held key positions in transforming businesses, industries, countries and societies. To date, some 39,000 degree and nondegree AIM alumni are driving forces behind change and progress. AIM alumni are likewise making history at AIM. We have been accorded major participation in AIM’s highest level of governance through seats in the board of trustees. There are now seven alumni out of the 15 trustees where there were none as late as 2005.

For the first time, they have appointed an alumnus, Napoleon L. Nazareno (MBM 1973), as AIM chairman. The chairs of the AAAIM and the Federation of AIM Alumni Associations (FAIM) now sit in the board of trustees. The onus of leadership is upon the AIM alumni.

(Interested AIM alumni may contact the AIM Alumni Relations Office at aimalumni@aim.edu or call 8924011 loc. 122.)

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